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Defending Angels by Mary Stanton
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First in a projected series, apparently, this book is set in Savannah. Bree, a young attorney, has been left her uncle's client list but must find an office to rent. She finds one -- in the middle of an old cemetery. The landlady is a little different, and Bree keeps on having odd experiences, including a phone call requesting her assistance from a client who died earlier that day! She does solve the murder mystery, and also learns a lot about herself and the many new characters she encounters. An evocative Savannah setting and engaging heroine (plus her equally interesting family) made this a very enjoyable read during a hectic Christmas vacation. I look forward to more from Mary Stanton's Beaufort & Co. mysteries. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
This was a wonderful mystery with a twist of paranormal. If you have never tried a paranormal book and love mysteries this is a wonderful book to dip your toes in. I'm looking forward to reading the next 2 in this series. ( )
  kimbacaffeinate | Mar 30, 2013 |
In Stanton’s mystery novel, Brianna Winston-Beaufort has just inherited her uncle’s law practice in—where else?—the most haunted city in the world, Savannah. Since her uncle died in a fire in his office, Bree rents temporary space in an old house located in the middle of an all murderers’ cemetery while she waits for the renovations to be completed. Her first case rises from a local businessman who manages to call her just hours after his death.

Mystified, Bree is stunned to realize that her new employees, her landlord, a local PI, and ever her recently rescued dog seem to know more about her new law practice than she does. The recently deceased insists he was murdered and won’t rest until justice is served, and dedicated lawyer that she is, Bree works the case to the end.

An enchanting heroine and an elegant setting that kept me turning the page until the end. ( )
  debbieaheaton | Jul 20, 2012 |
This debut title in the Beaufort & Company series features Savannah attorney Brianna Beaufort, who inherits her uncle’s law practice of defending dead people in a celestial court. Her first case involves wealthy Benjamin Skinner, who wants her to solve his murder. First she has to prove his death was a homicide since the police ruled it an accidental drowning. The mystery is clever and the paranormal elements are fascinating. You’ll keep turning pages to see what Bree has gotten herself into with her mysterious colleagues and with her new office that people like her sister can’t find. What does it all mean? This intriguing premise carries through the story until the satisfying reveals at the end. ( )
  NancyJCohen | Apr 11, 2012 |
Brianna Winston-Beaufort (Bree) is an attorney who having inherited her Uncle Franklin's law practice, moves from North Carolina to Savannah to escape from her family's law practice and strike out on her own. Needing temporary offices due to the fire that killed her uncle, Bree rents the first floor in an old Southern home in the historical district until repairs are complete at the regular offices.

However, the location that she has found, is a bit quirky… smack in the middle of an all-murderers cemetery. A great number of other strange occurrences continue as she is setting up shop - her landlady won't take a lease - just Bree's word is good enough, before she's walked out of the building, letterhead stationery arrives, and her first client calls after he's been declared dead.

This book was definitely a fun read with unusual characters and super writing. It does turn out to be, what I consider, a paranormal cozy mystery, but it was such fun, I'm going to have to keep it up. ( )
  cyderry | Dec 16, 2011 |
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With a long list of ethereal clients who need her help, Savannah lawyer Brianna Winston Beaufort's career choice is beginning to haunt her…

An already dead businessman needs Bree's help to find his murderer and prove his innocence against the charge of greed, which comes from the mightiest hand of the law, the Celestial Court. And the verdict in this case could put Bree's life on the line--as well as her client's afterlife.

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Bree Winston-Beaufort defends the ghost of billionaire Benjamin Skinner in the Celestial Court, where he stands accused of greed.

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